So suggests Peter Cookson Jr., dean of the Graduate School of Education and Counseling at Lewis & Clark College. He wrote up a introspective piece that you would hope to see from an educator called: If our high schools were like Google . . . . in The Oregonian, March 5, 2007. Mr. Cookson went on to consider the 10 things that Google uses as its guide, as compared to schools; high schools, in this case.
Our home isn’t like Google in the quest to know, except for our many good books and other resources that include the great outdoors. We use Google every day, along with a lot of other potential answer givers. This article is listed under the category of Education Reform in the publication, but the learning or curiosity search has been going on for centuries (or make that thousands of years). And that was with and without Google or the internet or compulsory attendance laws.
So this philosophy can also be compared to homeschooling. As pointed out in the article with the very successful Google strategy and this educational dream venture, one should “focus on the user and all else will follow”. (But the users in our case are our children.) And all I can compare it to is our Ryan homeschooling family life, as we all do it differently. So goes the beauty of homeschooling.
The one constant that holds true that Dean Cookson, Google and we have discovered is that “There’s always more information out there (knowledge is infinite, while textbooks and worksheets are finite)“. So true and yes, our life is most definitely not boring. We’ve developed a love of learning, little acting out and plenty of joy in the richness of a boundless world of experiences.
Posted by Susan Ryan